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Virginia Earthquake Felt in Hastings

HASTINGS-ON-HUDSON, N.Y. -- An earthquake in Virginia shook buildings up and down the East Coast including Westchester, Fairfield County and New York City Tuesday afternoon.

Many felt the earthquake in Hastings weren't quite sure what had just happened. Jen Corso was in the community center at the time and said the second floor of the building shook.

"I felt my desk and chair shake then looked over at the TV monitor on the desk next to me and it was going back and forth at least an inch both ways," Corso said on The Daily Hastings Facebook page. "I knew something wasn't right especially since it lasted longer than a few seconds."

The 5.9 magnitude temblor was centered near Mineral, Virginia, according to the United States Geological Survey (USGC). It hit around 1:51 pm Tuesday.

Governor Andrew Cuomo said the Indian Point nuclear power plant was unaffected by the tremor and aftershocks.

Others in the same area of Hastings said they felt nothing at all. Bryan Healy was on the first floor of the community center and said on Facebook that he didn't feel any shaking during the earthquake.

When asked how long she felt the quake for Corso responded with "30 seconds maybe."

Ned McCormack, a spokesperson for Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, said the county believes there was no serious damage or injuries in the county.

The Metropolitan Transit Authority said railroads are operating normally. The Holland Tunnel, which connects Manhattan to New Jersey, was closed for inspection, but reopened around 3 p.m.

Taller buildings were evacuated in Manhattan. The earthquake was felt as far north as Concord, N.H.

Local law enforcement and communities are assessing damage, but buildings shook throughout the region. Some buildings have been evacuated, including some in Washington, D.C.

The National Weather Service says there is no tsunami threat to the eastern seaboard.

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